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Here Comes The Feeling You Thought You’d Forgotten

In Personal on January 25, 2012 at 19:58

Earlier today, I was at Greenbelt to do some stuff. So I rode a Jeep, the most convenient way for me, to reach Ayala. I got off at the stop then walked my way– maybe a good five-minute walk, towards Greenbelt. Before I headed down GB, I stopped by Starbucks to buy me some cinnamon roll since I haven’t had any breakfast yet (cinnamon roll at Starbucks is just the best). I had my cinnamon roll in one hand and the other one was busy finding a good song in my iPod. I was walking and munching to the beat of Dear Maria Count Me In by All Time Low, thinking to myself, ‘This is nice, this actually feels nice; a great-tasting pastry, awesome music from one of my favorite bands,  and a nice walk in such a nice city’ 

Then I saw myself nearing that same spot.  I got closer, my strides got smaller and then slower. Scenes from that night came rushing down ever so quickly like water freeing itself from the cracks of a dam. The last time I was there was that night of the 3rd of January. That particular night, it was already fading into forgotten memories but seeing that same spot again today brought it all back like it never even left.  The heavy beats from the music soon faded and then filled with the melodramatic rhythm from Never Say Never by The Fray.

I was left spending the day distracted by the thoughts of him.

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Only On Sundays: Buffalo Wings

In Food and Recipes on January 22, 2012 at 18:01

It’s Sunday today and it’s the only day of the week when the kitchen is totally free for us to experiment so we made buffalo wings!  It was my brother and his girlfriend’s idea, actually; I totally helped, though! Let me just say and not to brag, our hot-wings is the best one I’ve ever tasted so far!

Taken with Instagram by the lovely Eden Romaine.

Those hot-wings are so good, if I was a chicken I’d go cannibal and eat my own damn wing off. I don’t care, I’m just crazy like that — Marshall from How I Met Your Mother S02E14. Yes, that good, Marshall.

So to make your totally ‘if-you-were-a-chicken-you’d-go-cannibal-for’ buffalo wings:

Step 1: Prepare those chicken wings!

Cut your wings at the two joints and discard the tips. You could buy pre-cut wings in the market, though. But doing it yourself would ensure you’re getting more of the wings plus it’s cheaper.

Step 2: Put on the crisp!

This is up to you, though if you prefer crispy chicken wings.  It won’t affect much, it’s the sauce which carries this hot-wings recipe to total hot-wingness.

Set aside the wings and in a bowl, mix together flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk a couple of eggs. Okay, this is important if you want really crispy wings– the double dip. First, coat the wings evenly with the flour mixture. Turn to your whisked egg, dip your flour-coated wing in. THEN, turn back again to the flour mixture and coat the wing again with it. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Put enough to cover wings entirely, an inch or so deep.

Step 3: It’s Sauce Time.

While your oil is waiting to heat up, in a saucepan, under low heat, combine half a block of butter, a regular bottle hot sauce (we used Jufran hot sauce and it tasted awesome. You could try using other brands but to me, Jufran is a-okay), cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and honey or brown sugar. Stir together and heat until butter melts and mixture is well blended. You would want the sauce to be fairly thick, thus honey is recommended. However, if thickness is not yet achieved, mix corn starch with water in a bowl and add it to your sauce. This will thicken it up. Remove from heat and reserve for serving.

Step 4: Fry me up!

Deep fry your coated wings until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain.

Step 5: Put it all together.

Place your crispy wings in serving bowl, add hot sauce mixture and stir together. Devour!

Religion Versus Relationship

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2012 at 11:38

Religion says do, Jesus says done Religion says slave, Jesus says son. Religion puts you in bondage, Jesus sets you free Religion makes you blind, Jesus makes you see And that’s why religion and Jesus are two different clans Religion is man searching for God Christianity is God searching for man

Delayed Posts!

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2012 at 01:33

A lot happened. I have so many things in my head now. Will update as soon as possible!

“Don’t worry, you’ll go far”

In Dreams, Personal, Reflection on January 7, 2012 at 00:47

You’ll go far.  That’s what my Pa said in one of my dreams, later after he passed away. I still remember that dream– I wrote it down right when I woke up from it.

We were back in the old house’s patio– just the both of us. The setting brought back classic memories. I  felt like the still grade school me living in the old house. We were on my grandma’s fancy, old-fashioned, white furniture set. Pa was smoking. (though he quit smoking long before) We were just bonding, talking. I occasionally inserted comments on his smoking like he should stop because it obviously does nothing good to the body. A fast forward happened and the setting changed. He was lying on his deathbed and I was crying beside him, holding his arms. What made me bawl my eyes out even more was when he said his last words to me. He touched my already soaking face and uttered, “Don’t worry. You’ll go far.”

This is sad in a couple of ways. First, just dreaming about your loved ones die. Second, dreaming about your loved ones die and then waking up from it only to realize they really are gone. But looking at it in a different light, I realize it’s not that sad at all. Things cannot be undone, better look at the brighter side, right? I got to talk to him again, I got to touch him again, I got to see him again.  At least, I got to be with my Pa again even in my dream.

Don’t worry. You’ll go far. 

I needed that. I mean, someone to believe in me, in what I am capable of. Recently, all I hear are critical, negative, discouraging words from critical, negative, discouraging people. I tell myself everyday that I can make things possible, yet being surrounded by this kind of people, I start to think they’re right. When at times, I start to feel low, I just have to remember these words Pa told me: You’ll go far. At least I know there’s someone who believes in me.

I will hold close to my heart, these words. And I will assure for it to happen. I firmly believe I will go far.

Photo’s courtesy of http://ednacional.com/.

Cleaning Out My Inbox

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2012 at 13:22
Do you subscribe to a number of sites you think are useful yet when an update comes to your email, after sometime, you don’t read them anymore? And then you end up with your inbox having so many unread emails yet still never bothered to unsubscribe because you think it will still be useful someday?
Well, actually, it is because I came across this while cleaning out my inbox. I can’t even remember if I did subscribe or when and why I subscribed to The Juice Suggester but apparently I did. I never bothered to unsubscribe because I think it will send something useful someday, and hey, it did. It is kind of long but it will be worth it. I suggest you read from numero uno up to the very last word of this post.
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Top 40 Guide for 2012
Health:
1. Drink plenty of water
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow ON trees and plants and eat less food manufactured IN plants..
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to be thankful ,pray, and have appreciation.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did the previous year .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day  to reflect
9. Sleep at least 7 hours.
10.Take a 10-30 minute walk daily.  And while you walk, smile.
11. Receive some type of body work to heal and rejuvenate your body with Massage, Chiropractic, Acupuncture several times throughout the year.
Personality:
12. Don’t have negative thoughts on things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t over do.  Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past.  Don’t remind your partner of his/her mistakes in the past, that will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.  Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree…
25. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
Society:
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70, and under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends will.  Stay in touch.
32. Call your family often.
Life:
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.
34. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
35. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
36. The best is yet to come…
37. When you awake alive in the morning, show appreciation and thank GOD for it.
38. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
39. Have high expectations and expect more out of yourself everyday
Last but not the least:
40.    Consider forwarding this guide to those you care about.

The Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich

In Food and Recipes on January 4, 2012 at 15:27

Remember when I was talking about the hamburger in one of my previous entries and how I said I shall research where such a delectable beauty started? I tried Googling it only to end up with uncertain results. Apparently, many states claimed they started the hamburger.

Then I came across TLC while watching TV. So here its is, where it all began (at least what the television told me, it’s the television, okay? Kill me now), at Louis’ Lunch — the birthplace of the hamburger sandwich.

There She Goes, There She Goes Again

In Uncategorized on January 3, 2012 at 23:42

With that stupid smile on her face, heart throbbing, day dreaming…

Oh, boy, I am in trouble.

In Uncategorized on January 3, 2012 at 00:09

Remember the night of 3rd, January 2012.

So I walked under a bus
I got hit by a train
Keep falling in love
Which is kinda the same
I’ve sunk out at sea
Crashed my car, gone insane
And it felt so good
I want to do it again

— Buses and Trains by Bachelor Girl

“..Something distasteful is changing into something of beauty”

In Dreams, Personal, Reflection on January 1, 2012 at 09:26

It’s the 1st morning of January 2012; I woke up from a strange dream– frogs. I can’t remember what exactly happened but I am certain there were frogs. It’s pretty weird, at least for me since I do not remember thinking about or seeing frogs lately (assuming dreams are made by things you’ve recently thought of) So I tried Googling the interpretation of frogs in dreams (okay, roll your eyes at me but hey, nothing’s going to lose, right?) and came about this:  transformation is taking place; something distasteful is changing into something of beauty– change. 

Change; discovering this made me look forward even more to 2012. Unlike others who hold back from any changes, I welcome it– no, I embrace it. Change is a beautiful thing. You develop another way of viewing situations in your life. Each event that happens to you has the ability to move you forward or backward– it depends on the way you choose to view a situation. To not change is equivalent to death. Nothing can be accomplished by not moving forward. It’s only through change that one can learn and move forward.